Longspur Long"spur`, n. [So called from the length of the hind claw.] (Zo["o]l.) Any one of several species of fringilline birds of the genus {Calcarius} (or {Plectrophanes}), and allied genera. The Lapland longspur ({Calcarius Lapponicus}), the chestnut-colored longspur ({Calcarius ornatus}), and other species, inhabit the United States. [1913 Webster]

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  • longspur — ☆ longspur [lôŋ′spʉr΄ ] n. [ LONG1 + SPUR] any of a genus (Calcarius, family Emberizidae) of northern passerine birds distinguished by their long hind claws …   English World dictionary

  • Longspur — Taxobox name = Longspurs image caption = Chestnut collared Longspur ( Calcarius ornatus ) regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Aves ordo = Passeriformes familia = Emberizidae genus = Calcarius genus authority = Bechstein, 1802… …   Wikipedia

  • longspur — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun Etymology: from the length of its hind claws : any of several long clawed fringillid birds chiefly of the genus Calcarius that inhabit the arctic regions and the Great Plains of No. America, are usually strikingly marked with… …   Useful english dictionary

  • longspur — pentinuotosios startos statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Calcarius angl. longspur rus. подорожник, m pranc. bruant, m ryšiai: platesnis terminas – startos siauresnis terminas – laplandinė pentinuotoji starta siauresnis… …   Paukščių pavadinimų žodynas

  • longspur — noun Date: 1831 any of several long clawed finches (especially genus Calcarius) of the arctic regions and the Great Plains of North America …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • longspur — /lawng sperr , long /, n. any of several fringillid birds of the genus Calcarius of tundra or prairie regions of North America, characterized by a long, spurlike hind claw on each foot. [1825 35; LONG1 + SPUR] * * * …   Universalium

  • longspur — noun A specific type of bird, of the genus Calcarius; it has a long claw on the hind toe of each foot …   Wiktionary

  • longspur — noun a North American bunting with brownish plumage and a boldly marked head in the male. [Genus Calcarius.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • longspur — long•spur [[t]ˈlɔŋˌspɜr, ˈlɒŋ [/t]] n. orn any of several songbirds of the genus Calcarius inhabiting tundra or prairies of the Northern Hemisphere, having a long hind claw on each foot • Etymology: 1825–35 …   From formal English to slang

  • Smith's Longspur — Taxobox name = Smith s Longspur status = LC | status system = IUCN3.1 regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Aves ordo = Passeriformes familia = Emberizidae genus = Calcarius species = C. pictus binomial = Calcarius pictus binomial… …   Wikipedia

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